(My first blog post. Originally published March 11, 2010.)
The new stove came. It’s a GE Cafe dual fuel range with five burners. It has power burners and simmer burners. The burners are gas and the ovens are electric. Yes, I said the ovens are electric. That’s right. Two ovens. The upper oven came with 3 racks which is pretty awesome. I should be able to cook an entire batch of cookies all at the same time. The lower oven functions as a warming drawer. (Update – I use the lower oven all the time for baking, not just warming. It fits two 13×9 casserole dishes and has saved my bacon every Thanksgiving!)
It came with a cast iron, coated griddle that you can use over the middle burner. I can’t wait to use it. (Update – I LOVE the griddle. It’s perfect for cooking for two. If you prefer a larger griddle, just purchase one that you can place over the burners and you’ll be just fine.)
The stove is gorgeous. I don’t have a designer kitchen. Just a regular kitchen. This stove fits right in and it’s beautiful.
I know this sounds geeky but I read the whole manual before I turned it on. My husband, Mark, decided to put in his two cents.
Mark: What are you doing?
Me: I’m reading the manual.
Mark: What do you need to read? Just turn it on.
Me: I just want to make sure I’m doing it right.
Okay, so he was right.
I wish I could say that I made something super exotic for dinner. I made stuffing, roasted golden beets and carrots and a pork tenderloin. The stove worked perfectly. I can’t believe how responsive gas is. It’s probably my imagination, but I think our dinner tasted better on the new stove.
I’m a little concerned about the effort involved in keeping it clean, but I’m not the type who cares if the stove looks like it’s being used. It doesn’t have to look showroom perfect.
Update: (March 12, 2016)
It’s been six years. There are a few scratches and a little browning around the burners but all, in all, she’s still looking pretty good to me! I use both ovens regularly and the same goes for all five burners. I couldn’t be happier with the stove and I am really pleased that we installed the hood. I don’t have to worry about a smoke-filled house anymore!
As for cleaning, I use soap, water and soft cloths to buff dry.
For the hood I use Weiman Stainless Steel cleaner. I’m still not sure how to remove the brown around the burners. Let me know if you have any ideas that could help.
Somehow having this pretty workhorse in my kitchen makes me feel like my idol Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. Shoot, just call me The Barefoot Kimtessa ’cause this stove makes me feel like a pro-fesh-o-nal EVERY TIME I use it.
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